British OpenJuly 18, 2015

The Jordan Spieth Slam-o-Meter: Saturday at the British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Throughout this week, we'll update the status of Jordan Spieth becoming the first golfer to ever complete the calendar Grand Slam.

The Good: Spieth drove the finishing hole on Saturday and two-putted for a much-needed birdie to salvage a second-round 72. Actually, Spieth's ball-striking was fantastic, as he hit 17 greens in regulation over the round that took more than 24 hours to complete. The fact that Spieth was able to take two naps during the delay speaks to how cool under pressure he is.

Spieth was also one of the few players to not drop a shot during the 32-minute morning window of play in the intense wind, although he did three-putt for par on the par-5 14th. Speaking of that flatstick. . .

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The Bad: Spieth three-putted five times in his second round, reminiscent of the nine three-putts he had during his win at Chambers Bay. He said he particularly struggled when he was putting into the wind, consistently leaving his birdie attempts short. As a result of his poor performance on the greens, Spieth slipped from two behind Dustin Johnson to five behind the man he nipped at the U.S. Open. In fact, Spieth finished last among his marquee threesome, with Hideki Matsuyama leapfrogging him with a second-round score of 66.

For Spieth to beat those two and everyone else ahead of him to win a third straight major, he probably can't afford anymore rounds in the 70s.

Spieth Slam-o-Meter Rating:__ 3. We're lowering this a couple notches from Friday because of that shaky putter and the five-shot deficit to a red-hot DJ.

Spieth said after his round, "If I can shoot something like 10-under in the last two rounds, I think I'll have a chance to win."

Sounds like a good plan. A chance to win means a chance at the calendar Grand Slam.

Sleep tight, Jordan. You've got a lot of work ahead of you in the next two days.

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